The New Health Partners: Renewing the Leadership of Physician Practice / Edition 1

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Discover The Six Dimensions of Health Systems That Can Transform Your Medical Practice

The New Health Partners is an essential handbook for physicians who want to reshape their practices to prosper within the managed care environment. This key resource offers a blueprint for helping physicians, medical directors, and administrators create the needed partnerships and cooperative business alliances, put in place the best practices that will maximize accountability, and, ultimately, achieve success in disease management.

"Steve Prather's book encapsulates the key forces in health care today. If followed, his practical solutions will dramatically change the way we organize and deliver care."—Henry G. Walker, president and CEO, Providence/Health System

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

Doctors who have been left totally unprepared for managed care and health consumerism can use this book to survive and thrive in the new health system.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Steve Prather's book encapsulates the key forces in health care today. If followed, his practical solutions will dramatically change the way we organize and deliver care." —Henry G. Walker, president and CEO, Providence/Health System

"Prather has written a book full of helpful insights, tips, and examples for those trying to make sense of the leadership opportunity facing doctors today and tomorrow. His strategies and stories can help those who lead physician practice today and guide those who teach tomorrow's doctors." —Paul Batalden, professor and director, Health Care Improvement Leadership Development Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences, Dartmouth Medical School

"I urge the leaders of health care systems to read and study this enlightening book together. And, since integration, alignment, improvement, teamwork, and partnering are relevant activities at all levels of an organization, it would be wise for leaders to encourage and enable the many natural work groups in their organization to similarly study, digest, and adapt the rich knowledge available in [this book]. Doing so will produce a much more effective and competitive health care system." —From the foreword by James S. Roberts, senior vice president, physician leadership, VHA, Inc.

"Using his vast experience and keen insight, Steve Prather presents exciting concepts and practices that will contribute greatly to the improvement of the delivery and quality of clinical care into the next millennium-a major concern for all health care leaders." —Dan S. Wilford, president, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System

Offers physicians, medical directors, and health organization administrators a blueprint for creating cooperative business alliances which maximize accountability and improve health care. The author explains his "six dimensions of health care" designed to integrate delivery of care, align economic and non-economic incentives, empower clinical groups, work with patients and their families, and redesign care for community benefit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787940249
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/25/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 341
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

STEPHEN E. PRATHER, M.D., is president and CEO of Medical Resource Management in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prather is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has served on the Medical Advisory Panel for the Pew Health Professions Commission at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

James S. Roberts
1. Serving a Changing Society
2. Making Systems Work
3. The Six Dimensions of Physician Leadership
4. The Second Dimension: Aligned Incentives Reward the Clinical Behavior You Want
5. The Third Dimension: Improving the Process of Care and the Clinical Outcome with CPI
6. The Fourth Dimension: High-Performance Teams Through InterdepAndence and Learning
7. The Fifth Dimension: Partnering with the Family
8. The Sixth Dimension: Partnering with the Community
9. Building an Infrastructure for Learning
10. Implementing a Project to Manage a Disease State
11. Practices Accountable for Quality
12. Partnering with Business: A Competitive Strategy or a Survival Necessity
13. Building for a Healthy Community
14. The Curriculum for Change
15. A Concluding Message

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